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Bulldogs to Watch: Georgia vs. Tennessee

Lawrence Cager (15), Georgia vs. Notre Dame - 4th-quarter, Saturday, September 21, 2019
Lawrence Cager (15), Georgia vs. Notre Dame – 4th-quarter, Saturday, September 21, 2019

LAWRENCE CAGER (WR, #15)

A 6-5, 220-pound graduate transfer from the University of Miami, Cager has quickly evolved into one of the Bulldogs’ top receiving threats. His 10 catches over Georgia’s four wins have Cager presently tied with Demetris Robertson for the team lead. With those 10 receptions, Cager has accounted for 139 yards and two touchdowns. In the recent win over 7th-ranked Notre Dame, he led the Bulldogs with five receptions for 82 yards including a spectacular touchdown catch in the end zone. Jake Fromm will certainly be looking for Cager to get open in the Tennessee secondary Saturday night.

Zamir White (3) during Wednesday, September 25, 2019 practice
Zamir White (3) during Wednesday, September 25, 2019 practice

ZAMIR WHITE (TB, #3)

This 6-0, 215-pound redshirt freshman, known affectionately to the college football world as “Zeus,” has overcome two ACL surgeries to become a significant contributor to the Georgia offense this season. Possessing both speed and power, White was ranked as the No. 1 running back nationally when he performed for Scotland High in Laurinburg, N.C. and was named the 2015-16 Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year as well as the 2017 North Carolina Offensive Player of the Year by USA Today. Despite not seeing action in the win over Notre Dame, White is the Bulldogs’ third leading rusher with 141 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 7.4 yards per carry. He should make his presence felt Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

Tyson Campbell (3) and Mark Webb (23) during Fall Camp, August 15, 2019
Tyson Campbell (3) and Mark Webb (23) during Fall Camp, August 15, 2019

MARK WEBB (DB, #23)

Webb, who lines up in the STAR, or Nickel, position in the Bulldogs’ defensive backfield, is a 6-1, 200-pound junior who came to Georgia as a wide receiver and has successfully made the transition to the defensive side of the ball. After playing in all 14 games in 2018 and recording a career-high six tackles in the win over Auburn, Webb, the cousin of junior tailback D’Andre Swift, enters the Tennessee game Saturday night as Georgia’s second-leading tackler this season behind linebacker Monty Rice. He also shows 1.5 tackles-for-loss, one QB hurry and two forced fumbles. Webb will be counted on heavily to help thwart the Vols’ offensive attack.

Georgia placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship (98)
Georgia placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship (98)

RODRIGO BLANKENSHIP (PK, #98)

Without question, this 6-1, 191-pound senior out of Marietta’s Sprayberry High, has been one of the most reliable, accurate place-kickers in UGA history. In 2018, “Hot Rod” drilled 19 of his 23 field goal attempts, an 82.6 percent average and has made all eight of his attempts this season to boost his career mark to 84.72 percent, best in Georgia history. With his field goals of 40, 31 and 43 yards and two PAT kicks against Notre Dame, Blankenship not only earned the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week award for the second time this season (first coming vs. Vanderbilt) but, also, moved into fourth place on the Bulldogs’ all-time scoring list with 358 points, passing former UGA and Chicago Bears Hall of Fame kicker Kevin Butler. Blankenship, who hasn’t missed an extra-point kick in his Bulldog career (175 straight now), is a preseason 2nd Team All-America selection and is certainly one of Georgia’s biggest weapons as the Dawgs head to Knoxville.

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Murray Poole is a 1965 graduate of the University of Georgia Journalism School. He served as sports editor of The Brunswick News for 40 years and has written for Bulldawg Illustrated the past 16 years. He has covered the Georgia Bulldogs for 53 years.